Pale woodwork updates 1920s Riverside Apartment in New York’s Upper West Side

Riverside apartment by Format Architecture Office

New York practice Format Architecture Office has reorganised a 1920s apartment with custom millwork in the city’s Upper West Side.

The renovated apartment by Format Architecture Office is in a Gothic Revival building on Riverside Drive, giving the project its name, Riverside Apartment.

Riverside apartment by Format Architecture Office

Completed before the second world war, the original apartment building had large residences that were later converted into smaller homes, which the studio said formed “a series of unconventional layouts”.

“The building was originally constructed in 1926 and arranged around opulently scaled residences with multiple bedrooms and gallery spaces,” Format Architecture Office added.

Riverside apartment by Format Architecture Office

“It was converted to cooperative ownership in 1968, which created a large variety of accessible unit types, but also a series of unconventional layouts, as formerly single apartments were subdivided into two or even three different units,” it said.

The renovation reorganised the existing one-bedroom unit to include another bedroom that doubles as an office, as well as a powder room and a reorganised galley-style kitchen. The decor was updated with custom cabinets and enlarged wood-clad corridors across the 1,000-square-foot (92-square-metre) space.

Riverside apartment by Format Architecture Office

“The primary goals for the project were to create flexible connections between spaces, enhance access to natural light and maximise storage,” the studio continued.

Upon entering is a foyer with a coat closet, and a cabinet with a glass portion above that pulls natural light in from windows in a home office. A bedroom adjacent is complete with an ensuite and walk-in closet.

Riverside apartment by Format Architecture Office

A sliding wood door separates the office from a living and dining room. The pocket door is in one of the home’s corridors, which are intended to mark different areas.

“Large thresholds between public spaces celebrate transitions and become extensions of different wood-clad storage solutions that complement the myriad needs of a small domestic space,” said the studio.

Riverside apartment by Format Architecture Office

All of the millwork at Riverside Apartment, including the corridors and custom cabinets, are made from Anigre wood – an African hardwood commonly used for furniture and cabinetry.

Other corridors are in the entry and kitchen, while built-in bookshelves are prominent in the living room and office.

Contemporary details are accompanied by the apartment’s existing elements, like original wood-panelled doors with the glass transoms.

Format Architecture Office aimed to emulate the early 20th-century style through other details to create “a mixture of clean lines and pre-war inspired details to celebrate the eclectic tastes of its owner”.

Riverside apartment by Format Architecture Office

The glass wall in the entry is a reinterpretation of existing glazing, which bring light through the home. Another ribbed glass detail partially conceals the dining room from the kitchen.

A wood table, 1950s Eames Wire Chairs and a minimal white light fixture furnish the dining room, while the living room has a blue sofa and an Eames moulded plywood lounge chair from the second world war.

Off-white walls are paired with white moulding and new oak flooring for a pared-down aesthetic, while an orange-painted front door adds another pop of colour that complements teal accents.

Riverside apartment by Format Architecture Office

Format Architecture Office founded in 2017 by architects Andrew McGee and Matthew Hettler, who met as undergraduates at the University of Michigan. The studio is based in Brooklyn and has also designed an office for a tech company in New York’s Midtown area with cafe-style seating and muted interiors.

Other renovated homes in the Upper West Side are an apartment with a built-in bed by Stadt Architecture and a townhouse by Space4Architecture with a white spiral staircase.

Photography is by Nick Glimenakis.

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A synth-pop protest song, reflective hip-hop, meditative indie and more music from the week

Nana Adjoa: No Room

Dutch-Ghanaian singer-songwriter Nana Adjoa’s new song “No Room” (from her upcoming debut LP, Big Dreaming Ants) feels at once mellow and spirited. Adjoa builds the energetic, dreamy tune upon delicate guitar, gentle handclaps, percussive back-up vocals and her lovely voice. Along with the sublime song, the video directed by Robbert Doelwijt Jr features several visual references to Ghanaian culture—from fabrics to fans and games. Big Dreaming Ants will be released in September.

Tunde Adebimpe: ReelFeel

Part synth-pop dance jam, part protest song, and altogether undeniably from TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, “ReelFeel” rides on the singer’s enchanting falsetto. Chrome Sparks produced the Bandcamp-exclusive single and the platform waived its fees on 3 July so that a portion of the proceeds could go to the Audre Lorde Project, a non-profit for lesbian, gay, bisexual, Two-Spirit, trans and gender non-conforming People of Color.

ReelFeel by Tunde Adebimpe

Lute: Life

Dreamville Records rapper Lute’s “Life” is the second single from his forthcoming album, which is set to release later this year. The song addresses Black Lives Matter protests, scenes from his hometown of Charlotte (where a mass shooting killed three and injured dozens) and the death of his cousin, who was shot the month prior. There’s little superfluity on “Life” and Lute (aka Luther Nicholson) balances hard truths with words of encouragement, all atop a straightforward but engaging instrumental adorned by stringed instruments. “I’m here to give you all these tools and / then my life be complete / Show you what you dream is true / And what you want in life in reach / And now I gotta take a look at me and practice what I preach,” he raps to us, but also his daughter, the intended recipient of his message.

Haich Ber Na: By Floras

London-based recording artist Haich Ber Na explores a new sonic realm on “By Floras.” Glitchy and intergalactic yet delicate, the track mixes elements from Ber Na’s 2019 EP, Everywhere’s Home, but proves much more pop-oriented. The song incorporates many of the celestial elements he’d teased with previous releases, while lyrically he addresses an ever-growing distance between himself and a friend.

Steve Arrington: Keep Dreamin’

Following the release of the blissful “The Joys of Love” in May, funk legend Steve Arrington announces his first album in 11 years and debuts “Keep Dreamin’,” a positive tune with glamorous accents. The album, Down to the Lowest Terms: The Soul Sessions (due 18 September via Stones Throw Records) took at least 10 years to make, according to Arrington, who says, “No matter what, no matter how long it takes, I stay focused and put in the work for dreams to come true.”

The Altons: Over And Over

A track from “souldies” band The Altons’ new, double-sided vinyl release, When You Go (That’s When You’ll Know), “Over And Over” burns slowly, led by vocalist Bryan Ponce’s impressive range and vintage-sounding delivery. It’s altogether reminiscent of Smokey Robinson’s Motown-era outfit, The Miracles. Though the vinyl pressings have sold out—because they’re released in that format first—the track is now available on all streaming services, courtesy of Daptone Records’ Penrose imprint.

Listen Up is published every Sunday and rounds up the new music we found throughout the week. Hear the year so far on our Spotify channel.

Nudes tops greenery-covered Forest School in Pune with looping cycling track

Forest School in Pune by Nudes

Architecture studio Nudes has designed a school covered in plants and topped by a cycling track shaped like an infinity symbol for Pune, India.

Forest School in Pune is the winning entry for a competition to design a new educational facility for the city in western India.

Forest School in Pune by Nudes architecture office

Nudes‘ plan for the school is to build a conjoined pair of six-storey cylindrical towers wrapped in greenery, with a looping cycling track on the roof.

At 32 metres at its highest point, the school will feature a double-height auditorium at ground level with five floors of classrooms above.

Forest School in Pune by Nudes architecture office

The cycling track that tops the building will create two bridges between the towers, one raised over the other to complete the endless circuit.

Stepped balconies covered in plants will ring the exterior of both buildings, creating a vertical forest up the facade.

Forest School in Pune by Nudes architecture office

“Pune is approximately three hours by road from Mumbai, and the city has witnessed dramatic urban growth in the last decade,” said Nudes founder Nuru Karim.

“The ‘green living skin’ serves to purify the air from pollutants and related challenges affecting the health of the inhabitants of a city,” he added.

Forest School in Pune by Nudes architecture office

Plants can remove pollutants from the air by a process called phytoremediation, whereby certain plants are able to absorb toxic chemicals via their leaves or roots. They also convert carbon dioxide into oxygen via photosynthesis.

Pune is the eighth-most populous city in India and has been suffering from worsening air quality for years. In 2018, a study showed that air pollution in Pune was four times higher than the safe standard set by the World Health Organisation.

Forest School in Pune by Nudes architecture office

Nudes’ Forest School addressed Pune’s urban issues by adding plants at every level and creating “a bicycle track for a city starved for pedestrian walkways and cycling tracks”. A swimming pool and tennis courts will be built at basement level.

A service track accessible on each floor will allow professional horticulturists access to the green facade, so they can maintain the plants.

Forest School in Pune by Nudes architecture office

“Students would not be permitted to access these plants due to safety concerns,” Karim told Dezeen.

“However some of these plants would be grown and nurtured by students at the ground level and courtyard level before being placed by trained gardeners at higher levels.”

Forest School in Pune by Nudes architecture office

The leaves of the plants will also shade the building to help it keep cool naturally in hot weather, and provide a buffer for noise.

Forest School in Pune will teach children through from nursery age to 18. Nudes hopes the project will be a healthy school environment, with opportunities for hands-on learning about the environment and climate change.

Forest School in Pune by Nudes architecture office

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, construction will not start on the project until 2021.

Nudes architecture office, founded by Karim in 2007, has a particular focus on sustainability and learning.

Other projects by Nudes include a pavilion made of undulating bookshelves to support adult literacy in Mumbai, and a cafe made from recycled cardboard.

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Aesop's London store takes its colour from the red sandstone of Glamis Castle

Aesop store by Al-Jawad Pike at Westfield shopping centre in Sheperd's Bush, London

Precast stone blocks coloured with red sandstone from Glamis Castle in Scotland form the walls of this refuge-style Aesop store that architecture studio Al-Jawad Pike has created in a west London shopping centre.

The studio designed the small store for skincare brand Aesop to be a retreat from the bustling aisles of Westfield shopping centre in Sheperd’s Bush.

“We wanted the store to be a refuge from the busy mall environment, it is a sort of building within a building – using genuine masonry construction rather than applied finishes or surfaces,” Al-Jawad Pike co-founder Jessam Al-Jawad told Dezeen.

Aesop store by Al-Jawad Pike at Westfield shopping centre in Sheperd's Bush, London

Al-Jawad Pike chose to build the walls of the store from precast stone blocks, which enclose the space and create a feeling akin to a walled garden. The curved form of the walls is also meant to reference the undulating brickwork of Uruguayan engineer Eladio Dieste.

“The concept was to create a kind of walled garden within the mall,” said Al-Jawad.

“It was inspired by the ‘crinkle crankle’ wall of the English countryside as well as the structures of Eladio Dieste, which both use an undulating waveform to give rigidity to a single skin of masonry.”

Aesop store by Al-Jawad Pike at Westfield shopping centre in Sheperd's Bush, London

Earthy tones have been applied throughout the store. Powder from the same red sandstone that was used to make the 17th-century Glamis Castle in Scotland has been used to colour the precast stone blocks.

The resulting red blockwork walls, which were built using two standard shapes of precast blocks, have been paired with red concrete-tile flooring and a clay plaster ceiling.

Aesop store by Al-Jawad Pike at Westfield shopping centre in Sheperd's Bush, London

“We wanted to use a warm colour to provide a sense of natural earthiness that reflected the red bricks of typical masonry walled gardens, said Al-Jawad.

“The colour is called Glamis red named after the red sandstone of Glamis Castle in Scotland.”

Aesop store by Al-Jawad Pike at Westfield shopping centre in Sheperd's Bush, London

Set against the earthy red backdrop, Aesop’s products are displayed on stainless steel shelves. While the main space is broken up by three cast resin sinks that were produced by Sabine Marcelis.

“We hope we created a calm ambience that enables customers to engage with the Aesop products,” Al-Jawad explained.

“The hand-washing sinks which are a big part of the customers’ interaction with the product and the sales people are also given centre stage – being made out of honey-coloured resin they also look a bit like big bars of sculpted soap.”

Aesop store by Al-Jawad Pike at Westfield shopping centre in Sheperd's Bush, London

Aesop often allows its designers to create monotonal stores. For its Sydney store, architecture studio Snøhetta used granite to covers almost every surface, while Frida Escobedo used rammed-earth brickwork throughout its store in Brooklyn. Bernard Dubois also clad the walls of the brand’s Brussels store in distinctive yellow Belgian bricks.

London-based Al-Jawad Pike was established by Al-Jawad and Dean Pike in 2014. The studio has previously used pigmented concrete blockwork for the exterior and interior of a south London home extension and combined brick, concrete and timber for an extension to a home in Stoke Newington.

Photography is by Ståle Eriksen.

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Furniture designed with hidden details that put your IKEA furniture to shame: Part 4

Oh furniture, how I love you so. If there is one thing my Pinterest is full of, it is these gorgeous furniture pieces that I ogle over at regular intervals! While we all start off with IKEA for its simplicity, affordability and customization, these product designs with their attention to detail are designed to elevate your home to a whole new level! Each of these designs initially comes across as elegant pieces, it is upon closer inspection you see the detail and love of labor put into it that almost makes it a secret you share with your furniture and anyone else who has the same attention to detail as you do!

Hiroto Arima’s TV cabinet brings out the old, preserving it for the modern day. The elegant finishing of the cabin elevates the entire design, making it suitable for any space. In fact, I would make this the centerpiece of my home and arrange the remaining to match it!

Tim Denton brings together his love of furniture and high quality craftsmanship with the Display A – a collection of flexible furniture. Modular, perfect for everything from a small pop-up store, a cafe to even a DIY space, the Display A is the best way to display your love of labor and your skill while its design inspires you to attain the same level of details in your work!

Distinguished by its elegant formal shape and enhanced by its large rounded leather-wrapped arms, the Ryokō Armchair by David Girelli gives an instant feeling of calmness. Inspired by a Japanese folding chair from the 1960s, its features, materials, and joinery details elevate the lines and design elements of the chair. The loose back cushion adjusts around the ash frame when seated and offers an innovative sense of comfort.

The Komoda RTV, an oak dresser by Marcin Wyszecki is a modern classic product design, made with an attention to detail that defines its great quality. Sliding openwork fronts predispose the cabinet as an audio-RTV piece of furniture, allowing control pilot contact and excellent ventilation of electronic equipment.

Lozi Design used a supersized wave joint made from light solid ash and a variety of surface finishes to create the Wave Table. This perfect centerpiece is a part of their ‘wave series’ that highlights and adds a new dimension to any contemporary home. Lozi has also developed a new surface material for this table – by re-purposing their waste sawdust they have created a red sheeting material by mixing it with Bio Resin. Eco-friendly with a side of furniture details!

With an appearance that almost mimics the fragmented beauty of terrazzo, the PVC Bench by UAE-based designer Ammar Kalo relies on a new type of composite material developed by recycling old PVC drainpipes. The transparent resin reveals the multiple PVC shards in a way that seems to contrast the bench’s overall smooth, soft, organic design.

The Alato Cabinet by Pakawat Vijaykadga and Jumphol Socharoentham – students studying furniture design in Thailand uses a wave-like pattern to create a gradient of cool colors across its front panel. The designers chose the feathers to be the inspiration for the design, using the interlocking pattern to replicate the gradient of a bird’s feathers.

Atelier Moschata’s Paimio Chair uses wooden joinery to set up this beautiful chair. The balance of the ash wood and the pale white back gives the overall design an airy-ness, making it great for using outdoors as well as indoors!

Culturally, the Japanese have been known for their attention to detail while maintaining a minimal aesthetic and this same technique can be seen in Hamanshi Design’s Paraboloid Chair. Composed of a bentwood frame and a characteristic rope back, the hyperbolic form tightens up the diagonal rope back and can be optimized as per the user’s back to disperse pressure.

Roberto Paoli’s Pippi Chair for Midj in Italy stands out from the crowd with its bright orange color. With the frame of the chair upholstered by fabric to add an interesting dimension, the collection also includes chairs, armchairs, and lounge chairs with armrests and two stools.

Love these designs as much as we do? Check out more of this series for uniquely inspirational and detailed furniture designs!

Jean Jullien creates line-drawn sculptures for Nantes' Le Jardin des Plantes

The characteristically gangly doodles of French illustrator Jean Jullien come to life as flat sculptures in Le Jardin des Plantes in Nantes, France, as they playfully navigate the garden’s ponds and grounds.

The Nantes-born graphic designer has created four large-scale installations for the botanical gardens, which take the form of oversized, colour-block figures drawn with his signature black line-style.

In one section of the gardens, the rubber-like, elongated arms of three figures interlock as they embrace a copse of trees, while in another area a character with rake-like hands scrapes the earth.

An eight metre-long pink character floats on its back in one of the garden’s ponds, taking a bath and spitting water, while an orange figure gleefully walks across the gardens as its long locks made of tangled ivy trail behind it.

Each sculpture has been designed in keeping with Jullien’s typically sketchy style, and is made from either flat sheets of bent metal or polyurethane foam that have been coated with bright colours and outlined with black paint.

“The idea is to have several levels of meaning,” said the artist, “something which speaks to the onlookers directly but which then also allows them to stop for a little while and appreciate the surroundings”.

The four artworks were created as part of France’s Le Voyage à Nantes arts festival, which takes place each summer in the city and hosts a series of outdoor art installations and other attractions such as Les Machines de L’ile.

The festival, which is one of the few still taking place this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held a month later than usual, from 8 August to 27 September 2020.

“The nature of Le Voyage, which offers visitors the chance to discover new works of outdoor art through an inspiring walking itinerary through Nantes easily enables visitors to socially distance outside in the open air, whilst enjoying the many artworks and installations that have been commissioned in public spaces throughout the city,” said the organisers.

Other arts and design events this summer, including Art Basel and the Design Miami/Basel collectors fair, have been cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Many festivals, however, have replaced their physical formats with digital ones, including the Maison&Objet interior design fair and Eindhoven’s Dutch Design Week.

Jullien’s installations are freely accessible, presented outside in the gardens, which are open from 8:30am until 8:00pm. They will be on view throughout the summer.

A similar series of sculptures by the artist were presented at Ghent’s Dift Gallery in 2016 for a show titled Flat Out, which responded to the theme of laziness.

Each of the eight large-scale works were made from sheets of bent steel coloured in vibrant hues and shaped to resemble the outline of a person.

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This moon-inspired mirror creates your home’s perfect mirror selfie interior!

The moon is an ever-present factor in our life and has inspired poetry’s while being the focal point of romantic movies to werewolf culture. Whether you are a sci-fi fan, pop-culture fan, nature enthusiast or just a romantic at heart, we all want a part of the moon. Granila Santisteban’s Luna Mirror does that by bringing you the moon’s aesthetics with the functionality of a mirror.

The Luna Mirror will pull you towards it like the moon pulls the ocean! This mirror is the most minimal way to bring a little bit of celestial aesthetic to your interiors. “The Crescent moon design is made of sand and pure pigments, on a mirror measuring 60 cm in diameter. Each piece is unique and different from the others because it is made in the same phase in which the moon is passing. It is exposed to the night, the serene and the next day to the sun to seal the agreement” says Granila. The entire process follows the moon and the handcrafted design makes each crater, every inch of that surface as unique as your home is.

Given our current scenario and the threat of COVID hanging on us, I would honestly love to have this serene lunar landscape in my home, upping my Instagram quotient. And if you ever don’t have a clear enough sky to gaze at the moon, you know another place to find it!

Designer: Granila Santisteban

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Colour Gradation on New York Time’s Front Page

Pendant le confinement, l’artiste Sho Shibuya a trouvé un échappatoire à l’actualité anxiogène. Le designer graphique établi à New York a décidé de recycler chacune des Unes du New York Times pour les transformer en œuvres d’art à travers des dégradés de couleurs délavés. Durant tout le mois de juin, l’artiste a alimenté ce projet intitulé “Sunrises from a small window” en recouvrant les sujets qui faisaient les gros titres du quotidien. À la place, il a peint de grands rectangles colorés, allant du vert au mauve en passant par l’ocre et le bleu ciel. 

Images : © Sho Shibuya

Vondalwig Architecture refreshes mid-century house in Upstate New York with blackened wood

The Bedford House by Vondalwig Architecture

New York studio Vondalwig Architecture has overhauled the exterior of a 1960s house in Hudson Valley with blackened wood, and updated the interiors with features like white-painted brick and a curved pink wall.

Called House 23, the residence comprises a two-storey dwelling and a detached studio that was built in 1967 in Bedford in Westchester County. The area is known for its natural surrounds that are only an hour drive from New York City.

The Bedford House by Vondalwig Architecture

The house sits on 13 acres (five hectares) and overlooks a small pond. It is complete with a deck, outdoor swimming pool, single-storey addition and three-car garage that were all added during a renovation in 2009.

Vondalwig Architecture was tasked to refurbish the property with a modern aesthetic that enhanced its original design.

The Bedford House by Vondalwig Architecture

The studio overhauled the exterior in wood cladding blackened using the traditional Japanese technique shou sugi ban and black window frames. Previously the three structures on site were pale grey and had white window frames.

Other updates included reconfiguring the floor plan and adding large windows. A cohesive palette guides the interiors with white walls and pale wood floors.

The Bedford House by Vondalwig Architecture

Upon entering is a double-height sitting area with an existing brick fireplace that has been white painted and two CH25 Easy Chairs by Hans J Wegner.

A free-standing cabinet serves as a room divider for an open-plan dining room and kitchen. Blue barstools add a pop of colour in the otherwise white space.

The Bedford House by Vondalwig Architecture

“Our approach was to allow the parts – the buildings, the landscape – to unfold and connect to the whole both inside and out, spatially and programmatically – and to establish relationships between spaces that builds a ‘stage’ allowing a programmatic ‘dance’ for the owners to visually and physically connect to the beautiful exterior setting,” the studio added.

The Bedford House by Vondalwig Architecture

Also on the ground floor, the studio created a curved wall to enclose a new powder room while working around the windows. It is painted a pale pink.

The Bedford House by Vondalwig Architecture

The extension that was added in 2009 includes another sitting area with a pale pink chaise, as well as a spacious bathroom with a wooden Japanese-style bathtub and walk-in shower.

Wood-panelled walls and portions of grey terrazzo tiles complete this space.

The Bedford House by Vondalwig Architecture

Vondalwig Architecture also redesigned the home’s existing switchback staircase and catwalk with half-height walls to replace wire railings.

Four bedrooms and three bathrooms are on the first floor. A detached guest house rounds out the 3,670 square-foot (341-square-metre) property.

The Bedford House by Vondalwig Architecture

GRT Architects has also renovated midcentury home nearby in Croton-on-Hudson village, and Drake/Anderson has revived Columbia County residence in the town of Ghent as well.

In addition to this project, Vondalwig Architecture has also designed House 22 in New York City and expanded a Brooklyn townhouse in Park Slope. The studio is based in Brooklyn and led by husband-and-wife team Philip and Kit VonDalwig.

Photography is by Alan Tansey.

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The most unique pen in the world is made from a material found at the bottom of oceans

I’ve been doing this job for half a decade now… I don’t really ever struggle when it comes to describing a product, but when I look at SHIRO Pen, I really can’t think beyond the word ‘unique’. Some people have instruments that write in space, some people have fountain pens that were passed on to them by their ancestors, some have ornate pens studded with gemstones. The SHIRO Drawing Pen is uniquely appealing for other reasons altogether. This sculptural beauty comes made from diatomaceous soil, a special mineral powder created in the ocean. Cast into its intricate textured body, this diatomaceous soil is what makes the SHIRO so uniquely outstanding.

Touch the SHIRO and it’s like nothing you’ve ever drawn or written with before. The diatomite-material, along with the SHIRO’s wavy texture are a complete tactile experience. The pen derives its name from the Japanese word for waves too, a reference not only to the unique wavy pattern on the pen’s body, but also the origin of the Diatomite material. Almost like holding an incredibly lightweight piece of stone, the SHIRO Drawing Pen feels equal parts light yet solid.

The diatomite’s inherently porous nature also makes drawing/writing more comfortable, as the pen’s body absorbs moisture or perspiration on your hands, giving you an easy penning experience. Fitted with a graphite lead on the inside, the SHIRO is perfect for writing, sketching, and drawing plans. Whether it’s as small as a doodle in a notebook or a long as a detailed design sketch, SHIRO pulls you in with its incredible textured design, and keeps you in with its comfortable writing experience.

The SHIRO is a combination of being a visual objet d’art and being a pen with a carefully considered choice of materials. It’s honestly perhaps the first pen to ever be made with diatomite, or it definitely is the first and only one I’ve seen (and I’ve looked online, believe me). The Diatomite, aside from providing the SHIRO with its tactile comfort, also serves a second, more unusual purpose.

Its water-absorbent property allows the SHIRO drawing pen to even work as a fragrance diffuser, either when it’s resting in a pen-stand or in your pocket. Just spray the SHIRO with a spritz of your favorite perfume and it instantly absorbs the atomized liquid particles and begins diffusing fragrance into the air. Giving it abilities that most pens would seldom dream to possess, the Diatomite body of the SHIRO works almost like a room or personal freshener.

The SHIRO comes along with its own stand, which also includes a tiny fragrance diffuser-bottle with it. The drawing pen itself comes in two variants, a clicking mechanical variant with a 0.5mm graphite lead and a pocket clip, and another variant with a broader body and space on the inside for a 2mm graphite lead. The Diatomite body of the drawing pen is formed using a vacuum-filling process (to prevent any air-bubbles from ruining the design), while the pen’s brass inner structure is entirely lathe-machined.

Both the Diatomite and brass are designed to be easily recycled, while the SHIRO’s packaging itself comes made from 100% recycled paper printed with natural soy-based ink… a testament to the fact that there’s nothing really run-of-the-mill with SHIRO. Every single aspect about it, whether it’s the construction, the physical properties, or even the packaging, is unique and appealing in a way that’s truly multi-sensory. The SHIRO is probably the first (and only) drawing pen/pencil you can appreciate with your eyes, fingers, and even your nose!

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The SHIRO writing instruments are made from diatomaceous soil, a special mineral powder created in the ocean.

The pleating pattern and the diatomite’s inherently porous nature makes drawing/writing more comfortable, as the pen’s body absorbs moisture or perspiration on your hands.

Its water-absorbent property also allows the SHIRO to even work as a fragrance diffuser. Just spray the SHIRO with any perfume and it instantly absorbs the atomized liquid particles and begins diffusing fragrance into the air.

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The Tetris desktop accessories set lets you build your own working station and boost your creativity in everyday life.

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